Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night as the nation's first Somali-American legislator, with a commanding win in a state House race.
Omar, a 34-year-old Muslim-American woman who proudly wears the hijab, is suddenly thrust into leadership of a rapidly emerging DFL coalition that is younger, more urban and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in its history.
Janet Reno, the first woman U.S. attorney general who served eight tumultuous years with President Bill Clinton, died early Monday. She was 78. ABC News, citing Reno's goddaughter, said she died early on Monday. Reno served as the top U.S. law enforcement official under Clinton from 1993 to 2001, becoming the longest-tenured attorney general of the 20th century. Reno oversaw the high-profile convictions of Ted Kaczynski, Omar Abdel-Rahman, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. "Speak out against the hatred, the bigotry and the violence in this land. Most haters are cowards. When confronted, they back down. When we remain silent, they flourish," Reno said.
When FBI Director James Comey wrote his letter to Congress on Friday about newly discovered emails that were potentially "pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, agents had not able to review any of the material, because the bureau had not yet gotten a search warrant to read them, three government officials who have been briefed on the probe told Yahoo News. At the time Comey wrote the letter, "he had no idea what was in the content of the emails," one of the officials said, referring to recently discovered emails that were found on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner ... As of Saturday night, the FBI had still not gotten approval from the Justice Department for a warrant that would allow agency officials to read any of the newly discovered Abedin emails, and therefore are still in the dark about whether they include any classified material that the bureau has not already seen. read more
In what was touted as a major "exclusive" interview, Fox News' Sean Hannity revealed the identity of Bill and Hillary Clinton's alleged "fixer," who told the National Enquirer he worked to keep embarrassing stories about the former first family out of the press ... And just who was the source of this "bombshell"? Novelist Jeff Rovin, former editor of the Weekly World News -- a now-defunct supermarket tabloid credited with publishing such scoops as "BAT CHILD FOUND IN CAVE!" and "BAT CHILD ESCAPES!" as well as breaking political stories including "BILL CATCHES HILLARY WITH SPACE ALIEN!" and "HILLARY ADOPTS ALIEN BABY."
Why now? And why this?
For months, they stomached his incendiary remarks about Mexicans, Muslims, prisoners of war, a Gold Star military family and a Hispanic judge, along with offensive statements about women too numerous to count. Democratic critics argue that their silence -- or the promise to vote for Trump, but not endorse him -- amounted to tacit approval of misogyny and racism...
Some may draw a distinction between Trump's outrageous earlier comments about women, minorities and others by noting that this time, the businessman wasn't just being offensive -- he was describing actions that could be considered sexual assault...
But with a month until Election Day, and early voting already underway in several states, the truest answer to why Republicans are dropping Trump now -- and why they're dropping him over this -- is likely political... these new revelations come at a time when the White House race seems to be slipping away from Trump.